Hanok homes: South Korean architects look to the past in their push to modernize

June 21, 2017

… materials, a new aesthetic is emerging in Korean architecture, explains Doojin Hwang, a Seoul-based architect and author of “Hanok is Back,” a book on hanok restoration. Read: Why North Korea’s capital is the ‘perfect science fiction film set’ “There is a renewed interest in applying lessons from traditional architecture to modern and contemporary buildings,” Hwang says. “In the old days, that normally meant a very direct application of …

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Al Franken Warns On Impeachment: ‘Zealot’ Pence Would Be ‘Worse than Trump’

June 20, 2017

Vice President Mike Pence would move into the Oval Office, and Franken said that would lead to new set of problems. Franken said Pence, who ran the Trump transition, was responsible for some of Trumps worst Cabinet choices, including Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney. If youre talking about how we handle North Korea or something like …

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Muslims keep alive Kolkata’s Jewish schools, stores and traditions

June 16, 2017

Kolkata, India (CNN)When Mitana Alexander bid goodbye to Kolkata’s Jewish Girls School in 1975, she was its last Jewish student. The bulk of the others were Muslims. They were worried because she was last remaining occupant of a Jews-only dormitory, as most Jewish girls they had known had migrated to Israkel, America or Europe “with their folks.” A new age for India’s Anglo-Indians …

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Cuba-US relations: 6 key things you need to know

June 16, 2017

Havana (CNN)President Donald Trump is set to announce Friday, before an audience of anti-Castro Cuban exiles in Miami, that he is rolling back parts of the Obama administration’s opening with Cuba. Trump will chill Obama’s warmer relations with Cuba, officials say What Trump has said about Castro …

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Borough Market opens after London Bridge terror attack – BBC News

June 15, 2017

Image copyright AFP Image caption The market is positioned on the south end of London Bridge A trader support fund has been set up to help those who suffered financially because of the closure. Opening hours have been extended over the next two weeks, with shoppers able to visit on 18 and 25 June to further help businesses. Some traders have also created special dishes which they will be selling in exchange for donations to the fund. Image copyright Reuters Image caption Messages …

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Theresa May: 10 reasons why the PM blew her majority – BBC News

June 14, 2017

… May seemed like she would be happy to say “strong and stable” from dawn until the sun set over the fields of wheat she “naughtily” ran through as a child. There was little in the way of a positive message to entice floating voters. Her campaign team did not seem able to conceive of the idea that anyone would take Mr Corbyn seriously. They underestimated how well his anti-austerity message would go over with voters worn out by years of frozen wages and public spending …

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The questions that could determine Sessions’ fate

June 13, 2017

… it could be an indication there are additional reasons for his recusal, beyond a few meetings with the Russian ambassador, that are not known publicly. If he says no, he will set off alarm bells across the Capitol, because it will indicate he may have something to hide. And if he disagrees with Comey and explains in a public hearing the reasons for his recusal, it will likely lead to more questions about why he didn’t also recuse himself from the firing of Comey. 2. How many meetings did …

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Banking with your personal assistant will be the future, whether you like it or not

June 12, 2017

… two-factor authentication framework, the whole aspect of having another method like your banking dongle or password isn’t likely to change, said Yeo. “[The] whole essence of two-factor authentication [is that it] requires confirmation by other means,” he added. But if your identity is tied to your phone like in Samsung Pass, where each device can only be programmed to recognise one set of irises it could still be, in the eyes of regulators, considered two-factor identification, …

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Election 2017: What you want to know about the result – BBC News

June 11, 2017

… along with together with some options for reform and encouraged further work on the project. Image copyright Empics Could there be another election? It is possible to have another election but as Theresa May has learned, forcing the public into another round of voting is not always a good idea. Voter fatigue could set in as the electorate may feel it cannot face going through a fourth UK-wide vote (including the EU referendum) in three years. Another vote could backfire with a drop in …

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Tim Cook, Jeff Bezos and more tech CEOs are set to attend a White House summit with Jared Kushner

June 11, 2017

Ready for part 2.Image: Evan Vucci/AP/REX/Shutterstock Leaders from the largest technology companies are set to visit the White House later this month for an inaugural meeting of President Donald Trumps group formed to modernize government services, according to three people familiar with the plans. They will arrive weeks after many tech chiefs publicly split with Trump on his decision to exit the Paris climate deal. The American Technology Council meeting will include a gathering of top …

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News Daily: General election special – BBC News

June 9, 2017

Hello. Get any sleep? Here’s your election morning briefing. Meanwhile, the SNP, which won 56 of 59 seats in Scotland at the last general election, is predicted to lose 19 MPs. The Liberal Democrats, virtually wiped out in Parliament in 2015, are set for some gains, raising their number of MPs to 14. In Northern Ireland, all 18 seats have declared, the DUP taking 10, Sinn Fein seven and an independent candidate one. The SDLP has lost all three of its seats and the UUP its two seats. …

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Frank Lloyd Wright: What his 5 best buildings tell us about his life and work

June 8, 2017

… of entrusting anything spiritual to the clergy.” Currently being returned to its original condition, the Robie House epitomizes the spirit of what was an original and wholly American architecture independent of European influence. 1923: Imperial Hotel (Tokyo, Japan) The scandal over his flight to Europe ensured Wright was without new commissions for several years. Worse still, in 1914 a male servant set fire to Taliesin, the Wisconsin house he had built for Mama, and chopped her, …

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Diamond ring purchased for $13 as costume jewelry sells for $848K

June 8, 2017

(CNN)A diamond ring purchased for 10 ($13) has sold for 656,750 ($847,667) — roughly double its initial estimated value of 250,000 ($325,000) to 350,000 ($456,000) — at the Sotheby’s Fine Jewels auction in London last night. The startling realization of the ring’s true value came decades later, when the wearer chose to have the ring appraised by a local jeweler. The ring was later identified as a cushion-shaped diamond set in a 19th century mount. …

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Reality Check: What is the Prevent strategy? – BBC News

June 5, 2017

… is a support plan which may include mentoring. How much does it cost? The annual Prevent budget is not officially published – but it is thought to be around 40m a year. We do know that after the revised strategy was published in 2011, the government set aside 46m of spending (36m from the Home Office and 10m from the Foreign Office). David Anderson – the former independent reviewer of terror legislation – has said Prevent receives 1% of the overall 3bn counter-terrorism budget. …

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Mountain Climber Makes History With Rope-Free, Death-Defying Ascent At Yosemite

June 5, 2017

… hours and 56 minutes, he shared a photo of his climb via Facebook and said he was so stoked to realize a life dream today. A free-solo climb on smooth granite face nearly a mile-and-a-half high means theres no margin for error. A misplaced foot could spell death, which Honnold is well aware of. With free-soloing, obviously I know that Im in danger, but feeling fearful while Im up there is not helping me in any way, Honnold told the magazine. Its only hindering my performance, so I just set …

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There’s even fancy Wonder Woman china to celebrate the new movie

June 4, 2017

Wonder Woman is here. And what better way to celebrate than with some fancy china? The latest movie from DC Comics comes with the usual merch and adorable DIY outfits from kids at home. But Wonder Woman paraphernalia is getting a fancy twist with dishware sets featuring a muted, but still clear, white-and-gold Wonder Woman logo. It’s really pretty! Like actually put-it-on-your-wedding-registry pretty. Image: screenshot/boxlunch Image: screenshot/boxlunch The set is available from …

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Producer’s childhood helped ‘inspire’ Harry Potter play – BBC News

June 4, 2017

… production. Based on an original story by Rowling and John Tiffany, it is set 19 years after the final novel of the seven-book series. Friedman said she and her co-producer, Colin Callender, “were very drawn to the notion of Harry as a dad given that he hadn’t had parents of his own, and Jo [Rowling] loved that idea”. She said: “I feel incredibly privileged and blessed that I can use my emotional background and my experiences to encourage others to put it on to paper, and …

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General Election 2017: The EU citizens in the UK who can’t vote – BBC News

June 4, 2017

… don’t like these then you should go back to your home country or move on to somewhere else. I moved here in 2014 to study and experience the UK’s culture. As an international EU student I am not eligible for a student loan for living costs. Nevertheless, I am able to support myself by working in a hotel as a waitress and giving piano lessons because free movement includes the right to work. Also, last summer I set up a business with my two sisters and my brother, making healthy …

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9 Times Donald Trump Twisted Facts In His Speech Quitting Paris Accord

June 2, 2017

… over the past three years have corroborated the decline in Chinese emissions. Backing this up, China has aggressively moved to invest in renewable energy over the past few years. In January, the country set aside for clean energy investment over the next four years and new coal-fired power plants. As a result, Chinas own coal mining regions are . textown executives admit The Independent 5. This agreement is less about the climate and more about other countries gaining a financial …

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How a Silicon Valley veteran created an app that 400 nonprofits use to help refugees

May 30, 2017

Image: Mashable Composite; RefAid / Trellyz Shelley Taylor calls herself a Silicon Valley veteran. Veteran, she tells me, “means old.” Raised in Palo Alto, Taylor has an extensive tech background. She isn’t an engineer, but she wrote the “bible of user interface” back in 1995 at the dawn of website creation, inventing a lot of the language still used to this day to describe websites and ecommerce. She’s launched a bevy of startups and advised companies like …

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Small firms hit by rates relief delay – BBC News

May 30, 2017

‘A real impact’ These are the so called “cliff edge” businesses which Philip Hammond promised to help. He announced that firms losing small business rate relief – a discount given to businesses with properties below a certain rateable value – would not see their bills increase by more than 50 a month. The government set aside 25m this year to pay for the pledge. Whitstable florist Jane Antoniades felt a huge wave of relief when she heard her rates bill …

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25 awesome pins to prove that your soul belongs to food

May 30, 2017

… here, yours is. If you also love Sarawak laksa, get yourself one of these pins. Price: $6.50 12. Sushi omakase pin set Image: Wawawawa/etsy When you eat sushi, you can’t eat just one. You want lots of sushi. You want the whole menu of sushi. You want the entire omakase. This pin set takes that exact approach, because having just one piece of sushi is dumb. Price: $40 13. Bacon pancakes pin Image: the midnight society If you love pancakes, bacon, and Adventure Time, this is the …

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Peloton’s connected bike business is now worth $1 billion

… company the latest unicorn, or private company worth $1 billion or more. Peloton has $325 million in fresh capital from this new round, with money coming from a variety of name-brand investors, including Wellington Management, Fidelity Investments, and Kleiner Perkins. Comcast NBCUniversal also got in on the action. Peloton bikes go for $1,995 (plus $250 for delivery and set up). Bike owners can then pay $39 per month for spin classes, which are livestreamed to the HD screen attached to the …

May 26, 2017
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Zuckerberg touched on income inequality, Beyonce and Trump in his Harvard commencement speech

… to return to the school where he first conceived of Facebook. “If I get through this speech, it’ll be the first time I actually finish something at Harvard,” Zuckerberg said. Before imparting any wisdom to the class of 2017, though, Zuck wanted to set the record straight on a few things regarding The Social Network, the Aaron Sorkin movie that unflatteringly dramatized his time at the college. “That movie made it seem like [Facebook predecessor] Facemash was so important …

May 26, 2017
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Barack Obama due in Edinburgh for charity fundraiser – BBC News

… Gleneagles Hotel American bar. The event at the EICC in Morrison Street is being organised by The Hunter Foundation. The charity was set up by leading businessman and philanthropist Sir Tom Hunter. The Hunter Foundation has previously arranged for US politicians and actors including Bill Clinton, Leonardo DiCaprio and George Clooney to come to Scotland. Last year, Leonardo DiCaprio travelled to Edinburgh to speak at the Scottish Business Awards at the EICC. Announcing Barack Obama’s visit …

May 26, 2017
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Joss Whedon Replaces Zack Snyder On ‘Justice League’ After Family Tragedy

… on sharing the news of his daughters death, but due to the high-profile nature of his job, he had no choice. Joss Whedon will replace Zack Snyder on “Justice League.” What they are going through is unimaginable, and my heart our hearts go out to them, Warner Bros. Pictures president Toby Emmerich said.Were not introducing any new characters. Its the same characters in some new scenes. Hes handing the baton to Joss, but the course has really been set by Zack. I still believe …

May 24, 2017
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